Cocoa Brown Review: Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze

~Friday, 22.08.2014~
Cocoa Brown Tan Review: Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze
I was invited to a  beauty event back in April, where I was introduced to Cocoa Brown. However, I was revising hard for my exams around that time, so I didn’t really have time to test these out until the summer. I’ve been using Cocoa Brown tan for a couple of months now and I’m utterly impressed by it! 
I’ve seen a few reviews on the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan, which is possibly the most popular product in their range. I haven’t tried the 1 Hour Tan myself, but it’s definitely on my wishlist and I’m dying to give it ago. Today’s review is on Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze, which are both award winning products! 
Cocoa Brown Tan Review: Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze
Cocoa Brown Tan Review: Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze
Cocoa Brown Tan Review: Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze

Cocoa Brown Tan Review: Tough Stuff and Gentle Bronze
Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff* (£5.99/200ml)
Tough Stuff is designed to exfoliate “tough” areas like elbows, knees and feet, but I tend to use it in small amounts all over twice a week. It leaves my skin super smooth and it’s ridiculous effective for removing old tan (you can literally see it come off) and preparing my skin for a new layer of tan.  
This body scrub is rather different from the previous ones I’ve used. Unlike sugar scrubs, the exfoliating grains (or whatever they’re called) do not melt upon contact with water. The grains are rather gritty and sandpaper-like. Nonetheless, it causes no harm to the skin and is probably the key reason for why this body scrub is so effective. The scent is mainly floral and plant-like, which is Cocoa Brown’s signature scent. 
Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze* (£5.99/200ml)
What I like the most about Gentle Bronze is how quickly it absorbs. It’s as simple as “apply and go”. The colour of this tan is like chocolate, so it gives my skin an instant bronze tint. Unlike Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan, Gentle Bronze is a gradual tan, so the transformation is slow and natural. The before and after picture isn’t dramatic , but this tan has definitely given my skin a healthy glow. 
Gentle Bronze doesn’t smell like a tanning product. The immediate scent is similar to Tough Stuff, but it gives off a mild scent of “tanning product” a few hours after application. Even better, this tan is streak free! I think Gentle Bronze is great for those who want a faint, flawless and natural looking tan. 
I’m not a tanning expert, but from the brands I’ve tried, Cocoa Brown is by far the best! Have you tried Cocoa Brown
Disclaimer: *This product was given to me at a beauty event. I chose to review this at my own interest and the words in this post are 100% my own. 




  1. August 22, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    This looks great, really nice natural tan- bet the event was fun too! I am branching out trying new tanning products and haven't given this a go before I must xxx

    Blonde of carbs

    • August 22, 2014 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks! I'm not too obsessed with tanning products, but I must admit that I quite like this one. 🙂 x

  2. August 22, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    I really like the tan it's not OTT y'know?

    • August 22, 2014 / 7:37 pm

      It looks pretty natural, which is a bonus for me. x

  3. August 23, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    I love the 1 Hour Tan, but yet to try Gentle Breeze… I'll definitely be inclined to buy it now though – I love how the products give you a natural glow, as opposed to looking mahogany like other fake tans. xx

    • August 30, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Opposite there! I need to try the 1 Hour Tan! 😛 x

  4. August 24, 2014 / 11:18 am

    I really like the result of the Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze, looks very natural! Guess I'm gonna get it too 🙂 x

    • August 30, 2014 / 1:53 pm

      That's great! I think you'll like. 🙂 x

  5. August 24, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Your poor legs, you look like your bruise like a peach! 😉

    The colour looks fab, I'm really far to lazy to do fake dan. I've got really dry skin so it would probably end up really uneven!

    Corinne x

    • August 30, 2014 / 1:54 pm

      Haha, I know right! It's not that bad actually because it's basically the same idea as applying a moisturiser. x

  6. August 27, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Love the packaging to this, so cute and girly! I love a good fake tan and i must try some of their products!
    xprincessjas | ♥

    • August 30, 2014 / 1:55 pm

      I love the pink colour! You definitely should, it's like the fake tan brand everyone's talking about right now. x

  7. September 4, 2014 / 10:35 am

    I have heard a few reviews of Cocoa Browns products but I kind of have a fear of fake tans. Streaky and too orange traumas are no fun. Maybe this is worth a try for me.
    xx Lisa

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